It was inevitable: With the announcement of the 2015 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, July 16, there were bound to be simultaneous fits of joy and pretty much bottomless screams of sadness depending on who received nominations and who was snubbed. For example, Uzo Aduba deserves a big ol' "YAAAS" for her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nom, and Kerry Washington and her stans deserve to cry into a pint of Ben & Jerry's over her total lack of a Lead Actress nom for Scandal. You know what they say, it's an honor just to be nominated, but what happens when you are never nominated for an Emmy Award and always snubbed?
First, let's look at the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (or should I say It's Always Snubby in Philadelphia? LOLJK). This long-running comedy was only nominated for Primetime Emmys in 2013 and 2014, and those were just for stunt coordination. Though the actors have jokingly voiced their frustration — Kaitlin Olson said of the frequent snubs: "Look, I'll take the Emmy, okay? I'm not saying I won't take the Emmy. I will take it and I want it" — they proved that the absolute best way to handle a perennial Emmy snub was to create an entire episode about it. And this one was appropriately titled, "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award." Can I get an amen? And some Charlie Day recognition? Seriously.
(^ Accurate depiction of Charlie Day's reaction to the Emmy snubs.)
And then there's practically the entire ensemble cast of Parks & Recreation. It is a straight-up travesty that Nick Offerman has never been nominated for his work as the mustachioed and perpetually gruff Ron Swanson, and when you combine that with the fact that Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer), Aubrey Plaza (April Ludgate), Aziz Ansari (Tom Haverford), and basically EVERYONE ELSE IN PAWNEE SAVE LESLIE KNOPE has been snubbed by the Emmys, it's exactly the kind of thing that will make you want to go full-on Ron Swanson and leave any of that trademark Chris Traeger optimism back in Indiana.
(Let's be real: That delivery alone should've scored Nick Offerman at least one Emmy nomination. I literally cried tears of laughter during that scene. IT IS BRILLIANT TELEVISION, I tell you.)
And I would be remiss to not include so many of the women of Orange Is the New Black. Don't get me wrong: Many of the standouts have received nominations (and even wins!), but it is clear that the Emmys favor some of hte actresses over the others. I'd like to give a special shout out to my girl Taryn Manning (and not just because I was Pennsatucky for Halloween in 2013 and she tweeted me about it #NBD), who genuinely deserved an individual nom after Season 1. Crossing my fingers that the 2016 Emmys will show her some serious love, because Tucky's heartbreaking backstory and subsequent plot lines not only showed the range of her character, but the solid range of Manning's acting skills, as well.
At the end of the day, however, an Emmy snub, nomination, or even win is not the be-all-and-end-all determining factor of a good television actor, who brings his or her skill and talent to set every day. But damn, it sure as hell would be nice for these actors and actresses to get some recognition and respect — and that golden trophy wouldn't hurt either.